What is ironic about the ending of ''The Necklace''?

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The ironic end of the short story "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant is that the diamond necklace Madame Loisel wore in the story was but an imitation diamond necklace. When Madame Loisel is invited to an elite party among the rich of the town, she is completely...

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The ironic end of the short story "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant is that the diamond necklace Madame Loisel wore in the story was but an imitation diamond necklace. When Madame Loisel is invited to an elite party among the rich of the town, she is completely distressed that she won't be able to wear a fine dress and jewelry. Her husband, seeing her sadness, gives her 400 francs to buy a lovely dress. This, however, does not satisfy Madame Loisel, who so desperately wants to be a part of high society, so she borrows a diamond necklace from her wealthy friend. She wears the necklace all night and is overjoyed. When the couple returns home from the party, they realize that the necklace is lost and are horrified. They find a replacement necklace and spend all their savings to purchase it, having to work for ten grueling years to finish paying it off. One day, after ten years of hard labor, Madame Loisel discovers that the necklace was a fake that cost just 500 francs. This underscores the ridiculousness of the woman's obsession with being rich and of elite society.

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